New CIF meet records, Mira Costa team records, and All-American cuts abound as Mira Costa Varsity swimmers make one of their strongest CIF showings in history! CIF-SS Division 2 competition took place last week with prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday. Costa sent 17 swimmers this year, qualifying three relays on both the men’s and women’s teams. Junior Alex Crisera set two new Div 2 records in the 100 back (52.87) and 50 free (22.59, leading off the 4×50 freestyle relay) during prelims! At finals, she placed 1st in the 100 free (48.92, only .05 seconds off of breaking her own meet record of 48.87 set last year) and took 2nd place in the 100 back. Crisera’s 100 back and 50/100 free times are All-American automatic cuts and her 100 back and 50 free relay lead-off are new Costa records as well!
Junior Kai Bathurst placed 2nd in the 200 free (1:38.83, narrowly missing 1st place by .15 seconds!) and came in 6th in the 100 free (46.38). His 200 free is an All-American consideration cut and both the 200 and 100 set new school records! Senior Andrew White had an excellent final CIF showing placing 4th in the 100 fly (50.71) and 6th in the 100 back (50.92, new Costa record!). Junior Colin Le continued his sprint freestyle prowess tying for 2nd in the 50 freestyle (21.15, just .19 out of 1st place!) and placing 11th in the 100 backstroke. Le broke his own 50 free school record!
The boys’ 200 freestyle relay placed 1st in an All-American time of 1:24.77! Le led off with a 21.34, followed by Senior Jack Kittay (21.55), White (21.13), and Bathurst anchored with a 20.75 split! They entered the meet as the #7 seed and dropped over 3 seconds between prelims and finals! The boys’ 400 free relay, this time led by Kittay, then Le, White, and Bathurst, placed 5th with an All-American consideration time of 3:08.34, dropping 4 seconds from their 7th place seed time. Both relays set new Costa records as well!
The girls’ 200 free relay placed 2nd with a time of 1:36.55 (slightly slower than their prelim time of 1:36.44) and earned an All-American consideration cut! The girls dropped over 2 seconds from their 4th place seed time of 1:38.69. Crisera led off with a 22.81, followed by Sophomore Leigh Lyter (24.71), Senior Mona Stone (24.83), and Junior Riley Farrell anchored in a split of 24.20. The girls’ 200 medley relay placed 8th (1:48.93), dropping over a second from their 10th place seed time. Junior Grace Barnhill swam backstroke (28.98), Farrell breaststroke (31.66), Stone butterfly (25.98), and Crisera freestyle (22.31). Both relays also set new school records!
These swimmers also qualified for the CA State Championship meet this weekend in Clovis, which Costa will not be attend. Congratulations to all swimmers and coaches on an incredibly fast, record setting season!